Personalized learning is intended to facilitate the academic success of each student by first determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students, and then providing learning experiences that are customized—to a greater or lesser extent—for each student. To accomplish this goal, SPA teachers, counselors, and other educational specialists will employ a wide variety of educational methods, from intentionally cultivating strong and trusting student-adult relationships to modifying assignments and instructional strategies in the classroom to entirely redesigning the ways in which students are grouped and taught in a school. SPA will leverage the bell schedule and educational technology to further enhance the personalized learning opportunities during the school day.
PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and self-management. The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives. Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create. Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products. Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.
SPA student and teachers will use the Personalized Learning Platform (PLP) designed in collaboration with Facebook engineers by Summit Public Schools. Summit Public Schools have pioneered the personalized approach to project-based learning. SPA was selected by Summit to participate in the Basecamp program to adopt the PLP model. This platform was built to engage students and individualize the content and pace of learning. The PLP was developed to support a project-based, self-paced curriculum across all content areas that encourages students to understand real-world problems and solutions while taking responsibility for their educational path and success
Read more about the platform in the New York Times - Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans (August 9, 2016)
Check out the student view of the PLP on Summit's Vimeo channel here.
Overview of the PLP on EdSurge.com (June 1, 2014)